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Two long service retirements from Ernest Doe With a career spanning 47 years, Les Boniface has retired from Ernest Doe & Sons Limited. Les joined the eastern dealership as a service apprentice in 1969 at the age of 15, under the supervision of the Ulting service manager at the time, George Claydon. His first payslip consisted of 3 pounds, 13 shillings and threepence! In 1978, Les was promoted to a company demonstrator. Other
noteworthy highlights for Les were receiving a gold watch in 1994 for 25 years’ loyal service and, one year later, being promoted to the position of Braintree branch manager, a post he held for the remaining 22 years of his career with Ernest Doe. Many of Les’ colleagues, both past and present, as well as a number of business associates who have also become friends over the past 47 years, recently joined Les, his wife Debbie and son Bradley, to celebrate his retirement. Managing
Strengthening its diverse sector Plant breeder and seed supplier Elsoms Seeds is appointing Lisa Tokelove as diverse crop manager. She will be working closely with breeders at the Dutch firm Bejo Zaden, a global leader in vegetable breeding, to develop and expand Elsoms’ diverse and salad crop portfolio by identifying exciting new varieties for UK growers. Bejo Zaden has recently extended its range
director Colin Doe and sales director Graham Parker both gave speeches reflecting on various aspects of Les’ time spent with the company. The company says that it would like to take the opportunity to announce Nick Cherrill’s appointment as its new Braintree branch manager. Also retiring after 47 years’ service working for the Doe family, first at Colchester Tractors, then at Ernest Doe and Sons, is Tony Houlding (above right). Tony joined Colchester Tractors
back in 1970 as a 16-yearold service apprentice. Having completed his training, Tony served several years as a mobile technician before being promoted to service supervisor. He received a gold watch to commemorate 25 years’ loyal service in 1995. Tony spent the latter part of his career as the company’s lorry loader Cormach, PM and Maxilift crane specialist.
New start with end-of-line firm
through the acquisition of Agrisemen which has led to the introduction of a strong range of lettuce varieties. Lisa will also take a lead in delivering exemplary service and unrivalled technical support as Elsoms expands its position in the diverse market, it says. Lisa brings extensive experience of the fresh produce industry, particularly the salad sector. She has a relevant background in R&D and has spent the past 18 years working at G’s (formerly Shropshire’s).
Leading supplier of end-of-line technology for vegetable and fruit packing Agrimech is announcing the appointment of Richard Newman as business development manager. With 30 years’ industry experience from previous appointments with EW Downs & Son and RJ Herbert Engineering, Richard is well-known to many growers and packers across the UK and internationally.
He says: “Current sales of Agrimechdesigned and -built bagging, weighing and stitching equipment are exceeding all expectations. And interest in the latest range of Manter prepacking equipment for which the company is a distributor is at an all-time high. “Clearly I must pick up some new skills in relation to the end-of-line equipment. But Agrimech is also the importer of the full range of Bijlsma Hercules post-harvest handling and grading equipment so that’s an area where I can hit the ground running.” 05C31B
Digger driver/Irrigation fitter required to install and maintain irrigation equipment, and carry out land drainage. The successful candidate will be required to attend the Streetworks course and Apprentice Agricultural Engineer required to attend Easton college 1 week in five for level 1 and 2 qualifications. Apply by email to email@example.com 05C32B
Based at Catfield, near Stalham
We are looking to recruit a full time, skilled individual on this progressive 4000 acre arable estate growing potatoes and onions under irrigation in NW Cambridgeshire. Must be able to demonstrate good attention to detail, dedication and commitment. To be involved in planting, spraying, harvesting and irrigation operations. PA1 and PA2 essential along with an aptitude for precision farming techniques.
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Applicants must be prepared to work overtime as required and to reflect this we offer a competitive salary and a house if required. Please apply with CV to Dan Matthews, Hall Farm, Coldham Estate, Coldham, Wisbech, Cambs PE14 0LX or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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